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OMARSCOMING
04-26-2014, 09:48 AM
My friends is buying a laptop and we are searching online for something reasonably cheap and sufficient. It will mainly be used for gaming so as far as i know a dedicated graphics card is a must - my own laptop has Intel 4000hd graphics and cannot run anything really.

I am not to up to date on gaming laptops and have never researched them before, can someone maybe give me a few pointers as to what to look for?

misc_brah
04-26-2014, 09:53 AM
ideally, you should look into building a desktop computer, as you'll get much better performance for the money.

If that is not an option, then yes, you definitely need a dedicated GPU.

Whats your budget?

pay attention to screen resolution when you're shopping.

OMARSCOMING
04-26-2014, 09:57 AM
ideally, you should look into building a desktop computer, as you'll get much better performance for the money.

If that is not an option, then yes, you definitely need a dedicated GPU.

Whats your budget?

pay attention to screen resolution when you're shopping.

It is for a friend so i am not sure of the budget, maybe 5-600 euros? From what i can gather most gaming laptops are expensive so I'm not sure what this amount will get.

He has his mind set on a laptop so i think a desktop is out of the question.

I was thinking about searching for second-hand laptops to get better value but again i am not sure if this is a good idea.

BennyJr169
04-26-2014, 10:02 AM
It is for a friend so i am not sure of the budget, maybe 5-600 euros? From what i can gather most gaming laptops are expensive so I'm not sure what this amount will get.

He has his mind set on a laptop so i think a desktop is out of the question.

I was thinking about searching for second-hand laptops to get better value but again i am not sure if this is a good idea.

600 euro laptop will be chit m8

sambris24
04-26-2014, 10:02 AM
If your friend is srs about gaming then desktop is the only way brah

600 euros would get you a laptop but wouldn't consider it a gaming one

600 euros would get you a custom pc capable of handling the latest games (not necessarily highest spec) for at least a few years

OMARSCOMING
04-26-2014, 10:04 AM
600 euro laptop will be chit m8

Yeah i know its not alot. Not sure what to do now really. I was looking at this http://www.adverts.ie/laptops/17-gaming-laptop-dual-gpu-intel-i7/5332498. Its used but it seems i won't have a chance finding anything good with this budget.

BennyJr169
04-26-2014, 12:00 PM
Yeah i know its not alot. Not sure what to do now really. I was looking at this http://www.adverts.ie/laptops/17-gaming-laptop-dual-gpu-intel-i7/5332498. Its used but it seems i won't have a chance finding anything good with this budget.

That one doesn't look too bad actually.

OMARSCOMING
04-26-2014, 12:16 PM
Ok so i was just with my friend. He said he can stretch to 1000 euros max but would rather keep it around 850 euros or so if possible. With my limited knowledge i have searched online and came across this http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/optimusV-17/ which would a small bit of cash to upgrade the ram or whatever etc. Is this a good idea?

Euphorikxxx
04-28-2014, 08:50 AM
i have a gaming laptop, lenovo y580 with a gtx660m dedicated card and 8 core i7, works great for poverty games like league of legends and chit but anything really needing gpu/cpu power it will lag out and run on lowest settings

just be prepared for that unless you wanna shell out stupid amounts of money for a laptop that will be obsolete before you even get it

jinda628
04-28-2014, 09:39 AM
Yeah i know its not alot. Not sure what to do now really. I was looking at this http://www.adverts.ie/laptops/17-gaming-laptop-dual-gpu-intel-i7/5332498. Its used but it seems i won't have a chance finding anything good with this budget.

Is your friend knowledgeable about PC troubleshooting? Because that M17x is old. It is the M17xR2, the last dual GPU they made for a 17 inches laptop. I think it was released in 2010.
Another thing is mobile AMD cards on XFire has always been buggy.

You might even have to upgrade you CPU because as far as I remember, R2 CPU is pre-Sandy Bridge (like 740QM) and that GPU is really old even if its XF setup.

I would recommend the Lenovo Y series with single or dual GPU if you are budget constraint.